Albany, NY, Jan 04, 2012 — Gov. Andrew Cuomo set the agenda for another ambitious year, delivering a rousing, multi-media state of the state speech to the joint legislature today.
Tops on the list: the biggest convention center in the nation, to be built at Aqueduct racetrack in New York City.
He promised another round of round of regional economic development grants too, and $1 billion in incentives for businesses in Buffalo.
He supports an "energy highway" -- a $2 billion private sector plan to transmit power from upstate New York to the metropolitan area. He'd also convert old power plants to reduce pollution and promote solar energy production through a rebate program.
Cuomo wants to make more capital available to farmers, expand the "FreshConnect" farmers' market program, and establish distribution hubs for produce around the state.
The governor put some big ideas on the table along with the specifics. He wants to "re-imagine" state government, with public hearings on mandate relief, a commission to transform of public education and a revamped emergency management system.
Also on the list: campaign finance reform, tax reform, a constitutional amendment allowing non-Native casino gambling, and an Office of New Americans.